Raritan Valley Community College has received national—and even international—recognition for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, diversity and leadership initiatives, efforts to assist veterans, student projects and more.
RVCC Ranked Top Community College in NJ
RVCC has been given top honors by both BestColleges.com and Niche.com in their annual lists of best colleges. Both websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. BestColleges.com also ranked RVCC #10 in its list of Best Online Community Colleges for 2018.
RVCC Lauded for Adult Education
Washington Monthly ranked RVCC fifth in the country in the category of “Best Colleges for Adult Learners - 2 Year Colleges.” RVCC was on the only East Coast college to be included in the top five.
RVCC Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll
In recognition of the College’s leadership role in serving the local community, RVCC was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” this past fall. RVCC was the only community college in the country to be recognized “With Distinction” in the Education category and was one of only two colleges in the state, and the only community college in NJ, to be recognized “With Distinction” in the General Community Service category. Since the Honor Roll was launched, RVCC has been named to the list every year and first achieved the honor “With Distinction” in 2006.
Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Kristine Bulava, a Business Administration major, was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact in April. Bulava was one of 273 students from across the country selected for the honor. As Vice President of Scholarship and Service for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Bulava organized fundraising events for the hungry and displaced. While serving as President of RVCC’s Enactus club, she taught disadvantaged youth how to operate a small business and offered financial seminars and college completion workshops.
RVCC Named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly® Schools List
RVCC earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation in February by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Approximately 100 military and veteran students currently receive benefits at RVCC. The College offers military members and veterans a streamlined admissions process with an on-site dedicated veteran advisor available throughout the admissions, testing and registration processes, as well as an orientation program to discuss veteran benefits and resources.
RVCC, Dean Honored by National Diversity Publication
RVCC was honored in September with the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. RVCC was the only New Jersey college or university to be honored this year. This marks the fourth time RVCC has received the HEED Award.
In addition, Dr. Patrice Gouveia Marks, RVCC’s Dean of Liberal Arts, Accreditation Liaison Officer, was honored in February with the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award honors college and university administrators and deans who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities.
Sustainability Efforts Recognized
For the third year in a row, RVCC has been lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking seventh in the country in the “Associate Colleges” category. RVCC received a Silver rating for its efforts. The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
Women’s Volleyball Team Achieves National Top 10 Ranking
RVCC’s women’s volleyball team became the first team in the College’s history—of any sport—in October to place in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) National Top 10 Rankings. The National Junior College Athletic Association is the governing body for the nation’s more than 500 junior colleges. RVCC competes within the NJCAA Region 19 and Garden State Athletic Conference.
Cosmetology Program Honored by MODERN SALON Media
The College’s Cosmetology program was named to MODERN SALON Media’s 2017 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees. The seventh annual program recognizes leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. RVCC was honored for its excellence in the category of Facilities. The Cosmetology and Esthetics (skincare) programs are housed in Protégé, a state-of-the-art working salon and spa located in the new Workforce Training Center.
Student Named Academic Team Gold Scholar
RVCC student Emily Stratton was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar in March. The Academic Team program, administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.
Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins Awards
RVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter advisors Sara Banfield and Steve Schwarz received the Distinguished Advisor Team award at the organization’s international convention in April. The chapter also won the International Honors in Action Award for its prison membership initiative, which was largely responsible for the organization changing its bylaws to allow currently incarcerated and paroled students to join Phi Theta Kappa.
RVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter also won several awards, including recognition for its Honors in Action Project, at the Middle States Regional Convention in March. The chapter earned several additional honors, including Distinguished Officer Team, Distinguished Advisor Team, Continued Excellence Advisor Award, and the Honors in Action Theme Award. Chapter President Aynesley Arthur and Vice President of Leadership Jeshua Rodriguez also were named to the Middle States Officer Hall of Fame.
Enactus Team Honored at National, Regional Competitions
The RVCC Enactus team placed third in the opening round of May’s Enactus USA 2017 National Exposition, placing the group in the top 10 percent of teams in the United State. The RVCC Enactus team also was named Regional League Champion for the eighth consecutive year at the Enactus Regional Competition in March. The Enactus members were honored for a “shake light” flashlight prototype created by the team’s engineering and business students. Partnering with local food banks, the Enactus team also worked with a cooperative purchasing model and raised funds to assist 500 families in the local community, providing over 31,000 meals. In addition, the team secured $5,000 in grants to purchase hydroponic towers in order to grow food indoors throughout the year. Enactus RVCC also has provided consulting services to small businesses, teaching youth how to run a bike shop, and helping local women build their social assets.